A column in The Times this week suggested the forthcoming election was like a contest between the Wizard of Oz characters Tin Man and Scarecrow; a party with no heart versus one with no head. It went on to suggest the SNP was exploiting these mainstream shortcomings.
In my judgement, the SNP takes to even more egregious lengths than the mainstream parties the art of
promising the manifestly undeliverable before wrapping the whole package in the
mawkishness of a pledge to deliver the victims of non-existent oppression from
their imaginary chains. If ever there was a political grouping careless of
its own shortcomings it is the SNP.
In democratic practice however practical shortcomings do not
matter. The electorate are not going to check your sums; they are not likely to
understand that today's over-consumers are stealing from future generations. They will even perceive unpalatable statistics as lies generated by a conspiracy. They feel that once upon a time we seemed to be able to afford things we
allegedly can't afford now. The only possible explanation for this is government
Before the crash the Blair/Brown years delivered
statistical growth by bloating the public sector and encouraging reckless
borrowing; the coalition has restored statistical growth on the back of domestic
consumption. (Though to be fair the Eurozone debacle has hardly provided them
with a feast of export potential.) It's all done with smoke and mirrors.
not sure about heads and hearts. Perhaps we should remember that the central
government of Oz was also based on a populist fraud.